A Cry Instead of Justice: The Bible and Cultures of Violence in Psychological Perspective
Daschke, Dereck and Andrew Kille, editors
New York: T&T Clark, 2010 pp. xi + 202. $105.00
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 499
Description: Within a book widely touted as the path to peace, violence has incongruously been central to the Bible and how it is used. This collection book examines the manifestations of violence in Scripture, and the ways that Scripture itself - whether violent in content or not - can be used to justify violence and aggression in specific social circumstances today. The book is divided into two parts. The first half explores some incidents of Biblical violence that, rather than appearing at the forefront of the narrative, reflect that ancient Jewish culture (including the early Christian movement recorded in the New Testament) treats violence as an undeniable fact of the social world in which biblical figures live. In these essays, psychological theory and interpretation focus on the effect of this culture of violence in the behavior, expectations, and failures of Biblical figures, in order to re-evaluate the messages of these texts in light of their accepted, but largely unacknowledged, aggression. Over the last 30 years this pioneering series has established an unrivaled reputation for cutting-edge international scholarship in Biblical Studies and has attracted leading authors and editors in the field. The series takes many original and creative approaches to its subjects, including innovative work from historical and theological perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and more recent developments in cultural studies and reception history.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Ethics
Review by J. Dwayne Howell
Citation: J. Dwayne Howell, review of Dereck Daschke and Andrew Kille, eds., A Cry Instead of Justice: The Bible and Cultures of Violence in Psychological Perspective, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).
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